A "Solar" Blast From The Past
Fascinating article in Arstechnica concerning a massive solar event that created concern and wonder pretty much world-wide in 1859 - yes, that was before I was born. Interesting how the written reports sound more like prose that news sound bites.
At that time almost the whole southern heavens were in a livid red flame, brightest still in the southeast and southwest. Streamers of yellow and orange shot up and met and crossed each other, like the bayonets upon a stack of guns, in the open space between the constellations Aries, Taurus and the Head of Medusa—about 15 degrees south of the zenith.